Course Price: € 275

This software-free self-paced course covers the theory and practice of artificial lift design and diagnosis. The topics covered include an overview of artificial lift systems, selection criteria and detailed reviews of gas lift, ESP and PCP systems. Our courses are designed to give you all the expertise of the traditional classroom environment, but in your own time. Take control of your learning with Baobab.

Who’s it for?

. . . anyone who wishes to learn about or is involved in the selection, design, operation or troubleshooting of artificial lift systems.

Course Price

€ 275

Course length

3 days classroom equivalent.

  1. Appraise the selection and operation of key artificial lift techniques
  2. Describe the concepts of gas lift operation and performance curves. Identify and explain the key factors in gas lift design
  3. Describe gas lift valve performance and how this is applied in the unloading process
  4. Explain the shape of gas lift outflow (VLP) curves and the influence of key sensitivities
  5. Discuss and apply the principles of gas lift diagnosis and performance optimisation
  6. Describe the concepts of ESP operation and performance curves. Identify the key equipment components of an ESP system
  7. Identify and explain the key factors, sensitivities and various methods of ESP design
  8. Explain the shape of ESP outflow (VLP) curves and the influence of key sensitivities
  9. Discuss and apply the principles of ESP diagnosis and runlife optimisation
  10. Describe the concepts of PCP operation, performance curves and design

1. Introduction to Artificial Lift Systems

  • Introduction to artificial lift
  • Origins and classification of artificial lift methods
  • Sucker rod pump (SRP) overview
  • Progressive cavity pump (PCP) overview
  • Electric submersible pump (ESP) overview
  • Hydraulic submersible pump (HSP) overview
  • Jet pump overview
  • Gas lift system overview
  • Artificial lift summary and selection criteria
  • QUIZ - Principles of Artificial Lift

2. Gas lift key concepts

  • Gas lift key concepts
  • Gas lift well performance curves

3. Gas lift design and VLPs

  • Introduction to gas lift design
  • Gas lift unloading process (introduction)
  • Gas lift unloading process (detailed)
  • Gas-lift lift curves (VLPs)
  • QUIZ - Gas lift concepts

4. Gas lift equipment and valve calculations

  • Gas lift equipment overview
  • Gas lift valve operation and equations
  • Gas lift valve equations (summary and typical values)
  • Gas lift valve calculations (dome pressure and TRO)
  • Gas lift valve calculations (example)
  • Gas lift valve performance
  • Gas lift valve running and pulling procedure
  • QUIZ - Gas lift unloading, design and valve performance

5. Gas lift diagnosis

  • Gas lift well diagnosis

6. ESP key concepts and performance curves

  • Electric submersible pumps (ESPs) - background and key concepts
  • ESP performance fundamentals - head and dP pump (part 1)
  • ESP performance fundamentals - head and dP pump (part 2)
  • ESP pump performance curves (part 1)
  • ESP pump performance curves (part 2)
  • ESP pump performance curves (part 3)
  • ESP pump naming conventions
  • QUIZ - ESP concepts and operation
  • ESP pump curve calculations (metric units)
  • ESP pump curve calculations (oilfield units)

7. ESP equipment overview

  • ESP system components
  • ESP impeller types
  • ESP equipment overview (pump section)
  • ESP equipment overview (seal, motor and cables)
  • ESP electrical system overview
  • ESP motor performance curves and affinity laws

8. ESP design and sensitivities

  • ESP design overview
  • ESP design (alternative calculation method)
  • ESP design (equipment selection)
  • ESP design (limitations and effect of setting depth)
  • ESP design (well or system curve)
  • ESP lift curves (VLPs)
  • QUIZ - ESP equipment and design

9. ESP operations, control and optimisation

  • ESP operations (drawdown control on start up)
  • ESP operations (start up with high and low fluid levels)
  • ESP control (alarms and trips)
  • ESP runlife optimisation

10. ESP diagnosis

  • ESP diagnosis principles (introduction)
  • ESP diagnosis principles (monitored variables and key points)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 1)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 2)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 3)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 4)
  • ESP diagnosis (case history 5)
  • QUIZ - ESP operations and diagnosis

11. PCP key concepts and performance curves

  • Progressive cavity pumps (PCPs) - background and key concepts
  • PCP performance fundamentals
  • PCP pump performance curves
  • PCP pump naming conventions

12. PCP design and operation

  • PCP operation
  • PCP design overview
  • QUIZ - PCP concepts and operation

13. Course final examination

  • EXAM - Artificial lift systems design and diagnosis
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